Friday, November 28, 2014

3rd entry for Nov 3, 2014

In the evening, I went to a drawing session at someone's home. A couple, David and Winston were modelling together that night, and they had a really nice warmth and intimacy together. I really enjoy the dynamic of a couple who are at ease with each other.

These are done with Pitt Pen on 18 x 24" sheets of Strathmore Drawing and Series 400 papers.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2nd entry for Nov. 3, 2014

These are a 10-minute and two 15-minute line drawings at top, done with Pitt pen on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Recycled Sketch paper.
The second from the bottom is water-soluble graphite and Artgraf washes on an 18 x 24" sheet of Canson Montval watercolour paper. The value range and handling is starting to remind me here of some of the conte on newsprint studies that I was doing in the first couple of years that this blog has been running. (But now with more solid and substantially longer-lasting materials)

I stayed on for the afternoon 2-hour pose, which generated the bottom image. Karen sitting was a fairly static and generic-looking situation, so I decided to try a close-cropped composition, and focus a bit more on the character of her particular skin texture.
It is also water-soluble graphite and Artgraf washes on an 18 x 24" sheet of Canson Montval paper.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

1st entry for November 3, 2014

On the Monday I was at the Heliconian Club for their morning drawing session. Karen was working, and these are two two-minute and three 5-minute studies, all with Pitt peen on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Recycled Sketch paper.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2nd entry for Oct 28, 2014

These are a 10-minute pose at top, a couple of not-quite 10-minute ones and a 15-minute one partially dressed that wrapped the evening.
The session was maybe a little too loose in organization, and Lara was figuring out what to do on the fly.  I was reticent to give instructions, as I didn't want to get all usurpy on the person in charge, and I am personally curious as to what a less experienced model will choose to do, as they haven't settled into any sort of repetoire.
It wasn't one of my stronger drawing nights either, but I did get a free jello shot courtesy of the bar, who sent a bunch back for the drawers, as an apology for opening late.
I believe this was the last of the Cafe May drawing sessions, which have since been discontinued.

Monday, November 17, 2014

1st entry for Oct 28, 2014

On the Tuesday night I tried out an unfamiliar session in the back room at Cafe May on Dundas West. Lara was the model that night, and it was a new experience for her. These are some 2-minute studies above and a 10-minute one at the bottom.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

3rd entry for Oct 27, 2014

 These are a pair of 15-minute studies and a 25-minute one that ended the morning. I felt the drawing was fairly up and down, in terms of quality.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2nd entry for Oct 27, 2014

These are four 5-minute studies and a 10-minute study, done with Pitt pen on 18 x 24" sheets  of Strathmore series 200 paper and Canson Recycled Sketch paper. It took a little bit to find my groove that morning,but it is always a pleasure to be drawing Murray.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

1st entry for Oct. 27, 2014

I went to the Heliconian Club's monday morning session, and found Murray working there. These are 2-minute studies, done with Pitt pen on various 18 x 24 cartridge type papers I had at hand.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

2nd entry for Oct 24, 2014

On the Friday I was wanting to put in some sketching time. I made an unsuccessful foray to the ARC studio (note to self: for spaces that post a weekly schedule, check which sessions are actually on before going...) It was too late for the TSA session, so I headed over to Artists 25, where Polynawas working that night.  These are both water-soluble graphite and Artgraf washes on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Montval paper. The top one is roughly 75 minutes, and the lower one 20 minutes plus some post-session graphite additions.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

1st entry for Oct. 24, 2014

On the Friday I had a day off of teaching and was able to get in some drawing time. I went over for the afternoon to the Arts and Letters club, for the two-hour second half of their Friday costume drawing session. Chris was working, and these are an 80-minute study above and a 20-minute one below.
Both are water-soluble graphite pencils and Artgraf washes on 18 x 24" Canson Montval watercolour paper. the top one has had additional working with regular graphite afterwards.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Entry for Oct. 20, 2014

On the Monday some studio business kept me at home for the morning, but I went in for the 1 - 3 afternoon session at the Heliconian Club.  Maria was there working. These are a 75-minute study with some later additional shading above, and a 20-minute one down below.
I like aspects of the more tonal space and the more stark space. Something between these might be interesting - as might be a diptych.
Maria's face did not come off so well though,nor did the hand on the left.  I realize I need to revisit some of the verticals in the room, too.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

2nd entry for October 17, 2014

These are three 15-minute studies and a 10-minute one at the bottom.
The top three are water-soluble graphite on Canson Montval watercolour paper, and the lowest one is Pitt pen on Strathmore Series 300 paper.
I feel it was only at the end of the evening that I was getting on track. There are bits of okay work in these, but overall it was not a strong night. Some nights are like that. I always enjoy being in the process, but I do notice in myself how not being as regularly immersed impacts on how loose, confident and sure I can be.

1st entry for October 17, 2014

On the Friday night I got out to the TSA, and Danielle was working that night. These are a 3-minute study and four 10-minute ones, all Pitt pen on 18 x 24" sheets of paper; Canson Recycled Sketch for the top two and Strathmore Series 200 for the lower three.
My pens were a bit dry, and the Strathmore I found a less receptive surface, so the drawing was a bit more of a wrestle than sometimes, and I was not finding my working groove easily that night.
Not that some wrestling to wed line with paper is a bad thing, per se - it does add to the focus challenge of the drawing.